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Friday, July 14th, 2017

After many requests from customers across the Tasman, I am incredibly excited to announce we are now delivering our customised, handcrafted pieces to New Zealand! And who better to test run our new service than New Zealand’s top Interior’s stylist/blogger Michelle Halford of The Design Chaser.

Michelle chose our much loved Rupert in Boston Oatmeal Linen for her bedroom and the result is absolutely stunning. Below is Michelle’s lovely feature on her Heatherly Design experience.

Georgie xx

Heatherly Design is an Australian-based company specialising in beautiful upholstered bedheads. A feature I have been wanting to add to our own bed for some time, I love how bedheads provide another layer of texture and finishing touch to the bedroom. With a stunning range on offer, including fully upholstered beds, footstools, storage boxes, bedside tables, cushions and more, Heatherly Design has been on my radar for a long time. A while ago they got in touch to say they were going to be shipping into New Zealand and gave me the opportunity to choose my own customised bedhead. I was thrilled!

Knowing that bed sizes in NZ differ to those in Australia, the customised service is a great feature. Not only can the bedhead be made to a specific size, Heatherly have an extensive range of beautiful fabrics to compliment the collection. When it came to choosing the bedhead design, I knew I wanted something quite simple and understated, and the Rupert is perfect. Featuring clean lines and a flanged edged detail, this bedhead lends itself beautifully to a natural linen fabric which is exactly the look I was after. Choosing from so many fabrics can be daunting, but the Heatherly Design website makes it easy by providing fabric and colour palette filters to refine your selection. I chose Linen in Boston Oatmeal and couldn’t be happier with the result!

For those who are after something a little more detailed, patterned or luxurious, there are lots of options, including the new season Autumn/Winter range. Two of my favourites include the Finley bedhead which features clean, classic borderlines inset with sewn panels, and the Oslo bedhead which was designed as an ode to the finest hotel styling. Featuring pared-back upholstered sophistication, it is finished in a new Italian ribbed velvet that enhances the panel design giving an aura of luxury and texture. Divine!

Celebrating 10 years of bespoke furniture design and craftsmanship, Heatherly Design offers attention to detail and personal styling that takes bedroom furnishing to a new level. Be sure to check out the entire range here.

Please note when purchasing that you will be liable for all delivery costs, import duties and taxes levied by NZ. If you are unsure of the charges that apply, please contact us here for more information.


Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

As a country girl myself, I have always been an avid reader of Country Style Magazine. So you can imagine my excitement when they came to our family farm. Photographer Lisa Cohen captured the essence of our home perfectly and it was such a pleasure hosting Lisa, Virginia Imhoff and Tess Newman Morris at Heatherly Acheron. Below is the article in Country Style Magazine’s May issue on sale now.


As soon as you turn in at the gate to Heatherly, a picture-book rural scene begins to unfold. There’s a mob of sleek black cattle lazing under majestic red gums and a long driveway gently climbing to a brimming dam. Further along the valley is a white timber homestead wrapped with deep verandahs and surrounded by a beautiful garden.

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A 400-hectare family farm, Heatherly is home to Georgie and William Leckey, and their children — Eliza, 15, and Hugh, 13. It’s located in one of the most scenic parts of rural Victoria, nestled among the rounded hills of the fertile Acheron valley, 125 kilometres north-east of Melbourne. Heatherly has been in Will’s family since the 1970s.

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“Will was interested in farming at school and he went on to do a course in agriculture,” Georgie says. “He went travelling overseas in 1991 and worked in agriculture in the UK.” Although Heatherly is primarily a grazing property, the Leckeys have an interesting sideline. Just beyond the homestead are 12 hectares of green tea bushes, varieties of Camellia sinensis, that Will planted in 2001. It’s a Japanese-style green tea that’s sold under the Two Rivers label. “The majority of it goes straight to Japan, with other sales in Australia and worldwide through our website.”

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Teenager Hugh is also a keen farmer — he runs his own mob of crossbred sheep and had about 260 lambs last year. He has also started a venture breeding Wessex Saddleback pigs. “He has two sows and recently got a boar,” says Georgie. Eliza, meanwhile, is away at boarding school during the term. But whenever she’s at home, she spends a lot of time at pony club and competes around the district on her grey Connemara mare, Kitty.

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In 2005, Georgie started a bespoke bedhead business — Heatherly Design — in the old shearing shed out the back. Originally a cottage industry that began with Georgie making upholstered bedheads for family and friends, Heatherly Design now has a Melbourne-based showroom and workshop that is staffed by specialist upholsterers, as well as a Sydney showroom. “I did the bedheads on my own for six months, then I hired a local upholsterer whom I would work with for the day. Will and I would pack and freight the orders to Melbourne. That lasted until I had a big commercial enquiry in 2009 and I moved Heatherly Design to Melbourne, where all the manufacturing is done now. ”

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Although the pared-back look is currently in fashion, when it comes to home decorating Georgie’s unwavering passion is for the beautifully detailed soft furnishings and lush fabrics she discovered while working in the UK in the early 1990s. “I was nannying in a home that had deep buttoning, braids and gimps,” she says. “There was Colefax and Fowler ‘Fuchsia’ chintz fabric in my bathroom and I just adored that. I hung on to those memories, so I could recreate that look.”

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Georgie and Will met on a plane when returning from their overseas travels. Back in Melbourne, Georgie worked for Laura Ashley — where “it was all mix and match and no rules” — then in the decorating department at Georges on Collins Street, and at the fabric house, Wardlaw Fabrics. While at Wardlaw, she seized the opportunity to purchase the coveted ‘Fuchsia’ chintz from an oversupply in a client order, and stored it away for a future project.

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After they married in 1998, Georgie and Will moved to the farm. “I came into the marriage, and to this house, with soft furnishings, a glory box of cushions, and a linen-covered chair,” Georgie says. The original four-room homestead was built in 1910, and Will’s parents added a sitting room and a lean-to style kitchen in the 1970s. A new wing, containing the bedroom Georgie and Will now occupy, a bathroom and Heatherly’s design studio, was built in the early ’90s. “The bones are the same but the house has had huge changes.”

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When the couple moved in, the homestead worked for them, and they only recently made some alterations to the layout. “I had to get a new laundry and, as we packed our tea in there, we decided to make the space a laundry–packing room. It made sense to move the kitchen to our bedroom, as there was only a wall between it and the sitting room,” Georgie says. The wall was removed and the new kitchen, completed last year, is open to the living area. The combination of painted Shaker-style cupboards, marble benchtops, a black Belling stove with matching rangehood and a splashback of black subway tiles give the kitchen a country feel with a modern edge. “We wanted the look of an English AGA, but chose the black Belling range cooker and a black resin sink, so the kitchen doesn’t look too traditional.”

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Engineered European oak flooring was installed in the hall and living areas, and the fireplace has a new mantel made from red gum milled on the property. Industrial-style steel-framed French doors now open to the verandah and the sitting room’s original windows have been replaced with much larger ones to capture the view of the surrounding landscape. “The room had smaller windows, but we wanted to be able to see up to the hills: this room is all about the view.”


We hear of the positive outcomes time and time again when we collaborate with like minded people.  Our home represents many pieces of works that have been a labour of love……  from two of my favourite artists Richard Claremont and Darren Gilbert, to Jacob our stone mason who travelled five hours to install our kitchen bench tops personally.   I am thrilled that their work has been acknowledged in this feature.  The beauty of opening our doors and sharing creates opportunities for us all to be inspired and connect with like minded people. 

in recognition of all the creatives who have helped create the heatherly home – Darren Gilbert Nest Drawing in Living Area, Tait Timber Oak Flooring, Schots Emporium Pendant Lights and Antler Chandelier, Charming Botanical Artwork in Sitting Room by Ali Wood, Remembered Landscape above Fireplace by Richard Claremont, Heatherly Design Hampton Wingback Bed in Designers Guild Cassandra fabric.

Georgie xx


Thursday, April 13th, 2017

You may have already seen on our social media that I will be hosting an evening on the 3rd of May with a very special guest – Steve Cordony. I’m so looking forward to the event that is sure to be as fun as it is informative. Steve will be styling our Sibella bed as well as sharing his expert tips on how to add Winter warmth to the bedroom.

I have long admired his bold and emotive style. Possibly because these are some of the things that draw me to design, but I also feel Steve has such a unique aesthetic. As an Interior Stylist and Style Director at – large of Belle Magazine, Steve relishes being able to create theatrical sets and events that he can relive by flicking through the pages of a magazine.

With a wealth of experience and knowledge, Steve has worked across a range of areas in the design industry, where his talent and expertise has seen him create stunning events and interiors for clients such as Lancome, Ralph Lauren, Waterford, Land Rover and Georg Jensen.

I would love for you to join us at our Sydney Showroom/The Life Style Edit on the 3rd of May for what will be a wonderful celebration of all things interiors. With spaces filling quickly please email us here to RSVP.

Georgie xx

Some examples of Steve’s inspiring work…




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Wednesday, March 29th, 2017


As many of you may know, I love any excuse for a little redecorating and the arrival of a new season is always the perfect time to give my bedroom an update. With cool Autumn nights upon us, I adore curling up in bed with a cup of tea and a good book. With that in mind, I’ve put together some tips for creating the ideal bedroom haven at this time of year.

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Autum-ise Your Bedding
Nothing says cosy quite like a lovey Cashmere Throw, draped over the bed for added texture and warmth. Replace the Summer white bed linen with warmer tones such as deep blues, greys, dusty pinks and browns. Moodier colour schemes set the tone for the perfect retreat. Piled up Velvet Cushions in rich jewel tones such as teal, gold and deep pink are the ultimate in Autumn bedding. Introducing new colours and textures through soft furnishings is an ideal way to easily transforming your bedroom.


Add Luxury With Velvet
Velvet is such a luxurious fabric that not only feels incredible to lie against but oozes style. Everything looks a little regal covered in velvet, don’t you think? It catches the Autumn light streaming through windows beautifully too…. velvet is simply a must in the bedroom at this time of year!

Play With Pattern

A statement piece of furniture will give your bedroom an instant new season update, adding a touch of interest without overpowering the space. Choosing pieces in patterned fabrics is a fabulous way to transform your bedroom into an oasis you’ll want to hide away in all Autumn. A bedhead, chair or footstool mixed with other textures makes for an ideal space to bunker down as the weather cools.

Toy With Timber
Rich Autumn fabrics and tones team perfectly with timber pieces in the bedroom. Bedside tables in quality materials such as Victorian Oak stacked with candles and low, soft lighting makes all the difference to the feel of a bedroom. Timber pieces also work back beautifully with rich Autumn textures and tones, such as cashmere and velvet . Another little tip – be sure to choose a bedside lamp with low watt, warm toned bulbs for maximum effect.


Feeling inspired to give your bedroom an Autumn update? Click here


Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

I am so proud to launch a new season of divine bedheads and bedroom furnishings in luxurious winter palettes.

Celebrating 10 years of bespoke furniture design and craftsmanship, our ethos is to offer clients attention to detail and personal styling that takes bedroom furnishing to a new level.

I hope that you love this new collection as much as we do and thought you may like to view this behind the scenes video that captures the heart and soul of our business.

Georgie xx


View the New Collection here

Stylish spaces by Michelle Hart of Bask Interiors

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

It has been such a pleasure having the talented Michelle Hart from Bask Interiors as a guest pinner on our Pinterest page this week. Below are some of my favourite spaces styled by Michelle… I particularly love how she has interpreted our Rupert bedhead! 

You can find more of Michelle’s work and images that inspire her on our Pinterest page here







To enquire about our Rupert bedhead, please contact our sales team at sales@heatherlydesign.com.au